On Eroding Our Nation's Security 
Sunday, January 11, 2009, 05:53 PM
The New York Times has another one of its famous exposes, that dig into the secrets of government and bring them into the light. Sometimes this is absolutely necessary. All too often under this current administration information is hidden not because it impacts our nation's security, but because it might impact the political prospects of a select few or cause an ugly PR scar. Unfortunately, it would appear that this most current information falls decidedly into the former category.

In speaking regard the current covert program to undermine Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, the article says:
Knowledge of the program has been closely held, yet inside the Bush administration some officials are skeptical about its chances of success, arguing that past efforts to undermine Iranís nuclear program have been detected by the Iranians and have only delayed, not derailed, their drive to unlock the secrets of uranium enrichment.

You what really doesn't help a covert program's chances? Being published on the front page of the New York Times. As someone who seriously flirted with a career in journalism, I'm sympathetic to the paper's desire to get the news out. Journalistic ethics are what they are -- you have to assume that the paper will publish. The people I'm disappointed in are the public servants and government employees who handed this information over to the Times. They could have no more damaged this program had they shared this information with the Iranians in exchange for money. In that scenario, at least we'd have some Iranian money for the bargain. Instead, we're simply stuck with a compromised intelligence program.

Given free speech, the paper probably didn't violate the law. However, those in government who passed this classified information to the media most certainly violated the law, and should be prosecuted as such.

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